Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Suiattle River

Enjoy exploring an old growth forest along the glacial Suiattle river flowing from Glacier Peak. This field trip will give B3 students the opportunity to try out gear and new skills on an easy overnight backpack with experienced mentors. Priority signup March 31 - April 6 for B3 students in Renee/Melinda's mentor group. Open to any B3 student starting April 7 after requesting permission to sign-up. Contact Renee at

  • Very Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft

Meet at 10 am on Saturday, May 11 at the Suiattle River Trailhead. Northwest Forest or America the Beautiful pass required to park at the trailhead.

Suiattle River TH:,-121.1921/@48.2481,-121.1921,12z?hl=en&entry=ttu 

We'll hike ~6.5 mi on a well-maintained forested trail gaining about 1000'. There are several water crossings to negotiate, so water shoes recommended. This is mostly a lush, mossy forest walk, but the trail does open up in places. Once we set up camp we can take an optional day hike along the PCT beyond the impressive Canyon Creek suspension bridge.

Caltopo GPS route:

Weather forecast:

Expect a Hello Hiker email about a week before the trip with detailed information.

We'll go rain or shine!


Suiattle River

  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

    Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112

    Trails Illustrated Glacier Peak Wilderness
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, plus overnight gear as specified by the trip leader

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